Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Dr. Wilkins and Dr. Howson can help you find relief for back, neck, joint or arthritis pain
Request your appointment for radiofrequency ablation (RFA) pain management treatment today.
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Back pain
Dr. Wilkins and Dr. Howson take pride in working with people to help them understand the cause of their pain and discomfort while also determining a solution to their condition. They work closely with people to create individualized treatment plans.
Dr. Wilkins and Dr. Howson treat people who have broadly expressed concerns – my back hurts, my joints hurt, my neck hurts – as well as those who have specific conditions.
What is radiofrequency ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation, or RFA, is a pain block. It is an injection that uses a heated needle to burn nerves that are sending pain sensations. A local anesthetic, typically lidocaine, is used to numb the area being treated.
When should I try radiofrequency ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation is appropriate only after more conservative pain relief treatments have been tried and proven ineffective. Those more conservative treatments may include, but are not limited to, over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, cortisone injections, joint fluid replacement injections, chiropractic and physical therapy.
How long does pain relief from radiofrequency ablation last?
Radiofrequency ablation typically provides pain relief for 6 to 12 months. After that, nerves regenerate and may resume sending pain sensations. If that happens, radiofrequency ablation can be repeated.
Who is most likely to benefit from radiofrequency ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation is most often sought by men and women ages 45 to 75 who have chronic back, neck, joint or arthritis pain. It also may be an option for people younger than 45 or older than 75 who have pain but are not surgical candidates or are not seeking surgery to help their condition. People of any age can benefit from radiofrequency ablation.
Expert pain management care with RFA, close to home
Dr. Wilkins and Dr. Howson offer radiofrequency ablation at these locations:
- BayCare Clinic Pain & Rehab Medicine in Green Bay
- Aurora Health Center in Kaukauna
Additionally, Dr. Wilkins sees patients at this location:
- North Shore Clinic in Sturgeon Bay
Additionally, Dr. Howson sees patients at this location:
- Aurora Health Center in Marinette
Request your appointment with Dr. Wilkins or Dr. Howson for radiofrequency ablation today.
Dr. Thomas Wilkins is a physiatrist with BayCare Clinic Pain & Rehab Medicine. He has special interests in treating back, neck and joint pain, and in pain management. He earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Wilkins completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Wilkins says: “Don’t give up on yourself. You may have seen two, three, four, sometimes seven physicians and still haven’t found your source of what’s wrong. It’s not because there isn’t anything wrong. It just hasn’t been found yet. We like to feel that we excel in answering questions that haven’t previously been answered.”
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Dr. Christopher Howson is a pain medicine physician with BayCare Clinic Pain & Rehab Medicine. He has special interests in treating pain resulting from a wide variety of physical conditions. He earned his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. Dr. Howson completed a residency in anesthesia at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a fellowship in pain medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in pain medicine and anesthesiology.
Dr. Howson says: “Treating spine and joint pain can be challenging. Having a physician who can help navigate all the different treatment options and work with you to find the right solution is critical to getting the best outcome. Treatment in my office starts with a comprehensive physical exam and discussion about how the pain is affecting your life. From there, we work together to meet your goals and restore functionality.”